As an apprentice you will have a job and a wage whilst building up knowledge and skills within the horse care industry. These apprenticeships are a framework of qualifications made up of a Diploma in Work-Based Horse Care, Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care, Functional Skills (English and Maths), Employer Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).
- Clean and maintain stables
- Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses
- Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of horses
- Ride horses on a range of surfaces
- Develop and implement a horse rehabilitation plan
- Assist with care and exercise of the performance horse.
These apprenticeships normally take between 18 and 36 months to complete.
More advanced courses are available at the College for further progression.
Work as a groom in a riding school, competition or livery yard. More senior roles can then be pursued, such as head groom or instructor.
For the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you must have GCSE English and Maths at grade E or 3 or equivalent. For the Advanced Apprenticeship, you must have achieved a Level 2 qualification in Equine and have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent. For both levels, you must also pass an initial assessment, secure work as an apprentice and have one satisfactory reference.
City and Guilds Level 3 Technical Certificate in Equine Management
Having spent her career so far looking after people in the health sector, mature student Ria returned to education at Riseholme to retrain and purse her passion for helping animals.
She is combining her studies with her current job as a hospital nurse, so that she can eventually launch a new career as a vet nurse, working with horses.
Ria says she has benefitted from the supportive but challenging nature of the College, which is helping her achieve her aim.
“I’m a nurse working in a hospital but I wanted to retrain so that I can work as a vet nurse with horses,” she said. “I’ve always been around horses and loved horses, so I’m looking to change from humans to animals!
“I’d heard good things about the College after a couple of friends who came here recommended it to me. The teachers here are really good and I haven’t had any problems fitting in with the rest of the group, right from the start.
“It has been really enjoyable and I’ve enjoyed all the practical side of the course, in particular. It is a brilliant College – a really lovely place to be.”